Getting Out the Door with Kids
(And to Church on time)
Often people that have less children ask how I get to church early with so many small children (and we have few children compared to some). It’s not easy. But hear are a have a few things that help us:
- Lay out the children’s clothes the night before. (That way my husband can help get them dressed, and their clothes will still match.)
- Take all planned showers the night before (There are sometimes unplanned emergency showers for the kids.)
- I premix a healthy breakfast that my family can take with them. Our current favorite is “The Breakfast Cookie.” (The recipe to follow)
- I print out my lesson sometime the week before and gather the stuff I will need the night before.
- I decide what I am going to wear the next day.
- My husband helps!
The morning routine:
- Get up and preheat oven, mix apple sauce in cookie mix, scoop out cookies and bake put them in the oven. (set timer for 20 min.)
- Get self dressed, brush teeth and comb hair.
- Help the children get ready (and find socks. I always forget to set the socks out.)
- While my husband loads the children into the car, I get the cookies out of the oven and wrap them in paper towels.
- We are on our way!
The Breakfast Cookie Mix
Dry mix ahead:
- 2 cups rolled oats
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour
- 1/3 cup wheat germ
- 1/3 cup flaxseed meal
- 1/3 cup coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped (I crush them in my hands)
- 2/3 cup soy flour (for non dairy, use powdered milk to add dairy)
- 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 1/2 salt
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- (Might want o try 1/3 cup chocolate chips)
Wet mix right before baking:
- 1 1/2 cups apple sauce
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease large cookie sheet
2. Mix 1 1/2 cups apple sauce into the dry mix.
3. Scoop out with an ice cream scoop and smash with your fingers (to 1/2”-3/4”)
4. Bake for 20 minutes, place on cooling rack and turn off the oven
If anyone wants to add any suggestions, I would love the help.
My husband just sent me a wonderfully funny post from thepioneerwoman.com that illustrates my point quite nicely.